By on January 28, 2011

According to data published today by Ford, the company sold 5,313,000 units worldwide “to wholesale” (i.e. out of the door.), up 447,000 units or 9.19 percent. With Volvo eliminated, the growth was 771,000 units. Record sales in the U.S.A. and Asia were partially offset by lower sales in Europe. Ford is not strong enough in China to profit like its competitors that are strong in China. One of these competitors is Hyundai.

According to TTAC data, the Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai and Kia) booked global sales of 5,744,018 units in 2010. With these numbers, Hyundai Motor Group moves up into the #4 spot, Ford slips down to #5.

Top 5 Automakers 2010
Rank Name Production
1 Toyota Group 8,557,351
2 General Motors Group 8,389,769
3 Volkswagen Group 7,140,000
4 Hyundai Motor Group 5,744,018
5 Ford 5,313,000

Ford had held the #3 position until 2006, when Ford was overtaken by the Volkswagen Group. A year before, Hyundai-Kia was in the #9 position. From 2006-2008, Hyundai and Kia reported separately, in 2009, Hyundai and Kia reported as a group again and were in the #4 slot.

The performance of Hyundai, which 10 years ago still was a target of ridicule, a company in a small country of 48 million, deserves respect.

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13 Comments on “Hyundai 4th Largest Automaker, Overtakes Ford...”

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    I’m more than impressed, especially considering their cars are not just quantity, but quality as well. and considering where they were 10-15 years ago.
    (Personally, I still think most of the Japanese and Germans are better, but I take a Hyundai above any Ford/GM/Chrysler)

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    Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that Hyundai is now a full-standing, major player on the global scene.  It’s pretty impressive, actually (even though I’m still not as enamored with the new styling as some–though I do like the Kia’s).

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    Thank you Bertel and staff for putting out clean, adjusted, and easy to read numbers.

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    Even more impressive considering that small country of 48 million lives in constant fear that the bipolar country of 24 million to the North could shell them at any time. The other companies don’t have to worry so much about such threats.

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    Renault just announced today that Renault-Nissan sold 7,276,398 vehicles in 2010, up 19.6. That makes them 3rd, and the Hyundai
    group 5th in the world.

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    This move up to the #4 spot also coincides with the year Hyundai managed to be the best selling Asian brand in Europe passing Toyota for the first time! Now this is impressive…

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    Yup, don’t see how Hyundai ad Kia can be counted together but not Nissan-Renault, given Renault’s stake in Nissan is larger than Hyundai’s share of Kia.

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      Hyundai/Kia models are virtual clones of each other, much like Ford/Mercury or Chev/Olds.  They are sold together in the same markets, and are often cross-shopped by consumers.
      Nissan/Renault are related by marriage only.  They have limited platform and parts sharing, and often compete in different markets from each other.

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    What about the company we gave Chrysler? How many did they build, inclusive?

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    Nissan and Renault share platforms, engines, factories, back offices, re-badge some of their models, and even have the same CEO. So why don’t you want to count them together?
    @Marcelo de Vasconcellos
    total 2010 sales for Renault-Nissan: 7,276,398

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